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St. Francis by the Sea has always relied on a strong lay leadership for our worship program. The parish has also strongly endorsed ministry to others, within our parish and in the greater community. We always welcome new volunteers to support these ministries:

  • Acolytes: Youth leaders of the procession to and from the Eucharistic Service.

  • Altar Guild: prepares and closes the sanctuary for all services.

  • Building & Grounds: Maintains the building and its facilities.

  • Communications: Oversees the church website, eClare newsletter, Facebook  and other publications that promote the information flow within the church and community.

  • Education: 

    • Children’s Sunday School
      The Episcopal curriculum provides Christian education and activities based on the Bible and our Church’s traditions.

    • Adult Forum — Sundays after coffee hour, we gather to learn and discuss relevant topics.

    • Wednesday Seekers — is our book club that is free to attend and open to the community at large. Participants purchase the book and gather together to discuss.

  • Financial: Oversees and supports the work of the Treasurer.

  • Flower Guild: Secures and arranges flowers for Sunday and special occasions.

  • Music: Our co-ministers of music are The Rev. Carlton and Lorna Russell. Carlton is the choir director and Lorna is the organist. Together, they elevate congregational worship through hymns, anthems, and organ music. More details can be found under Music Ministry.

  • Outreach: Extends the work of St. Francis by the Sea into the Blue Hill community and the world. To support this work, the Vestry commits a percentage of annual parish income to the discretion of the committee, which is committed to “represent Christ’s reconciling love to a broken world.” Its members and other parishioners are active in service organizations throughout the area. Some recent recipients of Outreach: Tree of Life Diaper Bank; Magic Food Bus; Camp Bishopswood; Emmaus Center and H.O.M.E.

  • Planned Giving: Is an opportunity to  remember St. Francis by the Sea in your will by providing a portion of your personal resources to assure the church will continue to be a place for parish members and the community in the years to come.

  • Stewardship: Works to develop an understanding of thankful giving within the parish and conducts the annual financial pledge campaign.

  • Ushers: Greet and seat communicants.

The images to the left are just some of our 90+ Kneelers in the church. Each was designed and hand embroidered by our parishioners over the years. They depict scenes of the Blue Hill peninsula and its flora and fauna.

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